Daily Archives: August 29, 2015

Can we no longer call a spade a spade?

A sheriff was gunned down in Houston and, according to local media, the police are looking for a “dark-complexioned man”.

We report, you decide: does this look like a man with a deep tan?

And isn't it exclusionary to even refer to Xre as a

And isn’t it exclusionary to even refer to Xre as a “man”?


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Reflections on Portland’s demand that its shoppers use reusable grocery bags

the fewer people living, the greener the earth

the fewer people living, the greener the earth

I’ve pointed this out here before, but the sight of so many deluded Portlandites dutifully carrying armloads of reusable bags into supermarkets inspired me to repeat the warning: Unlike the paper and plastic bags Portland no longer allows, These things can kill you.

A research paper published last year by professors at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University found San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags has had significant negative repercussions on public health.

The study, released in August, found a spike in San Francisco hospital emergency room treatment due to E. coli infections and a 46 percent increase in deaths from foodborne illness in the three months after the bag ban went into effect in 2007. E. coli bacteria, common in the human intestine and frequent suspects in food poisoning, can range from harmless to lethal.

Laws against plastic bags often encourage the use of reusable totes to transport groceries. But as people tend to neglect washing those bags, increased food contamination becomes likely.

“Using standard estimates of the statistical value of life,” the study’s authors point out dryly, “we show that the health costs associated with the San Francisco ban swamp any budgetary savings from reduced litter.”

I spoke with a couple of checkers at Trader Joe’s about this issue, and they both told me they won’t touch the things, and insist that shoppers using them place their groceries in the bags themselves. “Absolutely disgusting,” one said. “Unbelievably filthy”, added the other.

I myself pay the cash penalty for doing so and use clean, recyclable plastic.


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If possible, Hillary’s getting even more desperate

First the came for the wetbacks, but I did not speak out ....

First they came for the wetbacks, but I did not speak out ….

Her opponents are Nazis of the worst sort: Republicans intend to round up illegals and put them in boxcars.

And Republicans, of course, are terrorists.

Hillary, is proving that Godwin’s Law which posits that, “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1—​ that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism.” has jumped from the Internet to the physical world of politics.

As she was spewing all this hatred, by the way, word leaked out from her secret email stash that hubby Bill’s (repeated) requests for permission from the State Department to give (lucrative) speeches in North Korea and  Congo had been denied, despite his offer to donate the proceeds to his personal “charity”. At least he tried.


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Well that’s the point of it, after all

Solar panels on the Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen  residence (Mr. Brady's Tesla is out of sight, being recharged by the chauffeur).

Solar panels on the Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen residence (Mr. Brady’s Tesla is out of sight, being recharged by the chauffeur).

Powerline: Berkley study: clean energy credits go to the rich.

The Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley has posted a working paper entitled “The Distributional Effects of U.S. Clean Energy Tax Credits.” The paper is a devastating indictment of who’s getting Cecil the Lion’s share of the tax credits. If this were any other cause than “green energy,” the Left would be screaming about the redistribution of income from the middle class to the upper class.

Here’s the complete abstract:

Since 2006, U.S. households have received more than $18 billion in federal income tax credits for weatherizing their homes, installing solar panels, buying hybrid and electric vehicles, and other “clean energy” investments. We use tax return data to examine the socioeconomic characteristics of program recipients. We find that these tax expenditures have gone predominantly to higher-income Americans. The bottom three income quintiles have received about 10% of all credits, while the top quintile has received about 60%. The most extreme is the program aimed at electric vehicles, where we find that the top income quintile has received about 90% of all credits. By comparing to previous work on the distributional consequences of pricing greenhouse gas emissions, we conclude that tax credits are likely to be much less attractive on distributional grounds than market mechanisms to reduce GHGs.

Market forces? Let the little people decide? Harold, get me another martini – I’m feeling faint.


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